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WHO'S WHO IN MERCHANDISING

goods. He's held many positions within Crayola, starting as a trade promotion manager
and then moving into education marketing,
where his team was constantly finding ways
to nurture the relationship the company has
with teachers and helping them use its products as well as visual arts as a cross-curricular
resource. He served as the general manager
of the company's European business for two
years after that, then headed customer leadership, worked in regional sales management
and led the sales group prior to assuming his
current post.
Stringer thrives on working collaboratively
and cross-functionally with Crayola's creative,
engineering and procurement groups. The
group also works very closely with the market
research department on identifying learning
objectives specific to shopper, to channel and
to customers. "Our category is interesting in
that it's really driven by occasion," he says.
"There are so many solutions in children's art
and stationery that we provide mom based
on those different occasions, and understanding that really has been a major area of focus
for us. We're taking those insights and moving
them into customer-specific solutions."
Crayola's new Sky Blue merchandising lab
has enabled Stringer and his group to be
much more proactive in the work they do.
Using what he calls a "scrappy approach," the
company is bringing in moms and dads, kids
and grandparents alike to garner its directional insights and then engaging with retailer
partners to localize programs to their specific
shoppers or visual merchandising needs.
"It's been very impactful," he says. "It's
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designed to say to our customers, 'Here are
some directional learnings, now let's focus
in on your specific shopper insights.'" Retail
assets have to work harder, he adds, but with
the business intelligence and advanced analytics retail customers have today, they can
measure the data more accurately than ever
before. "So that means that the collaboration
to ensure that we're strategically aligned with
the customer's objectives is a bigger deal.
Something that goes up quickly and easily is
really becoming a major imperative."
As shoppers have more "stepping stones"
along the path to purchase, Stringer believes
it will be critical to continue digging into the
different occasions when consumers buy
Crayola products and the key points of influence that drive decision-making. "We've
done shopper segmentation work to understand different shoppers' approaches and behaviors when shopping," he says. "We know
there's a strong emotional connection to the
brand, and sometimes it's just ensuring that it
stays top of mind. But we also want shoppers
to recognize that we provide great solutions
for all their needs throughout the year."
Beyond the normal success metrics, Stringer emphasizes that programs have to be
seen as efficient in the retailer's eyes. With
the emergence of the omnichannel shopper,
he believes consistent threads that weave
through the entire path to purchase will help
drive conversion in-store. He sees the Holy
Grail in merchandising as the integration of
mobile and digital technology at shelf, and his
group will continue its exploration of engaging the shopper in a meaningful way.



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Shopper Marketing - February 2016 - Intro
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